Josephs Brau Winterfest | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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81
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Josephs Brau WinterfestJosephs Brau Winterfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Josephs Brau Winter Brew

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
319
Reviews:
203
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GatorCoop
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all-around double bock for the winter. Great value for the money.

Nice roasted caramel aroma with some spice (ginger? anise?). Malty but clean, with some mild hop balance.

Note: the bottle I saved until March wasn't as good as I remember it being earlier in the winter. So it may not keep as well as I hoped.

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Photo of shivtim
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dicers
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MidloRapid
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pintwacky
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MartyMaltose
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Trader Joe's. Think 2 parts Paulaner Salvator, 1 part George Killian's. Solid winter enjoyment for people who want to save a buck here and there.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GPayne757
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a $6.49/6 pack bombshell. Nice sweet and malty inviting nose. The feel of this beer was just right, nice carbonation. The taste on this was dark malts, little notes of caramel, with a tad of bitter/sweet finish. The finish stayed around for quite awhile. Very impressive for a bargain beer. Seek it out!!!

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jebrew
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ranger7
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just ok. Thin feel. Dark and nutty, mostly malty flavor.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 19, 2014
Misc.: Best consumed by April 28, 2015 at 10:50 a.m.

Poured a dark caramel, auburn, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark khaki tan head that thinned out rather quickly. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top. (Sight - 3.75)

First whiff on the nose was a pleasant sugary caramel smell. Also got a good dose of toffee, roasted malts, some Oktoberfest elements, brown sugar and molasses. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted similar to the nose, maybe slightly worse. Got roasty bitter malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light maple walnut, tobacco notes and raisins. Also nutmeg and cinnamon late. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Abrupt finish. The 7.5 pct. ABV is well-hidden. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a pretty good Doppelbock, although most Doppelbock’s taste pretty good to me. (Overall - 3.75)

3.81 | 86 | B+

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Photo of Betajeff
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kuhndog
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McLaren
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

This beer will be gone right after the holidays, not to return until Thanksgiving next year. Too bad. I was afraid it might taste sweet, because of the seasonality, but my fears were unfounded. Richly malt, with a hint of spice, very smooth. This is a four-part beer for me. It starts sparkly, quickly takes a spicy bite, then just as quickly hunkers into a malt, and finishes almost creamy.

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Photo of Andrii
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Jrockerboi
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Klister
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Josephs Brau Winterfest from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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